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Pills as transitional objects: a dynamic understanding of the use of medication in psychotherapy.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychiatry
Publication Date
Volume
48
Issue
3
Pages
246–253
Identifiers
PMID: 4034812
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

Combining psychotherapy with psychopharmacology is a clinically challenging endeavor. In the psychopharmacology of the borderline patient, pills may function as transitional objects. This point is derived from a review of the literature, and illustrated by clinical material from three case studies. Recognition of the transitional properties of pills may aid therapists in making sense of many clinical phenomena and in developing effective treatment strategies. Other psychodynamic concepts may be useful in understanding the complex integration of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.

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